Why to Esquelbecq?
Esquelbecq is a village which knew how to preserve its rural character while being very active. Bathed by Yser river and lined with oaks, it possesses a remarkable architectural heritage (listed "Village Patrimoine" since 2009) with in particular a castle listed as Historical Monument since 1987.
The church a hallekerque type, as for it, is listed at the inventory of Historical monuments since 1945. Three chapels complete this architectural set and increase the character of this Flemish village. A 1940 site of memory "La Plaine au bois" also reminds that during the Second World War, men fought to repel the Nazis enemy and were massacred there.
Going through Esquelbecq is enough to understand that the village entirely corresponds to the definition that Richard Booth makes of a book village.